PPG support helps SOLS 24/7 Malaysia establish Solar Lab in Kuala Lumpur

06/09/2016
PPG today helped celebrate the opening of a solar laboratory in Kuala Lumpur established by humanitarian organization SOLS 24/7 Malaysia. PPG contributed $50,000 to help SOLS 24/7 Malaysia outfit the new solar lab with cutting-edge equipment to train local underserved students through the Solar Academy program.
 

Mike Horton (left), PPG president, Asia Pacific, presents $50,000 to Raj Ridvan Singh, SOLS 24/7 Malaysia director and CEO, at the Solar Lab opening event.
 

Scott Follett, PPG general manager, Southeast Asia, speaks to attendees during the opening event.
 

PPG guests with SOLS 24/7 Malaysia employees and students
 

Opening event attendees visit the outdoor Solar Lab equipment.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sept. 6, 2016 – PPG (NYSE: PPG) today helped celebrate the opening of a solar laboratory in Kuala Lumpur established by humanitarian organization SOLS 24/7 Malaysia. PPG contributed $50,000 to help SOLS 24/7 Malaysia outfit the new solar lab with cutting-edge equipment to train local underserved students through the Solar Academy program.

The Solar Academy offers Malaysian youth free education and training in the practice and theory of solar energy to encourage their social empowerment. With its new Solar Lab, SOLS 24/7 Malaysia aims to provide a well-equipped, safe, positive, innovative and creative learning environment that will help over 100 underserved students participating in the Solar Academy annually to develop skills and knowledge vital to their future success.

“Thanks to PPG’s support of the Solar Lab, our students can finally apply abstract theories they learn in the classroom to installing actual live solar-energy systems, facilitating a holistic and interactive educational approach,” said Raj Ridvan Singh, SOLS 24/7 Malaysia director and CEO.

The Solar Lab is outfitted with an array of live off-grid, hybrid and grid-tied photovoltaic solar power systems. It also includes an advanced EL (electroluminescence) test that functions like a solar panel X-ray machine, as well as solar water heaters and a solar-powered air conditioner.

“The Solar Lab and the Solar Academy not only offer students access to a promising future in the sustainable energy industry, but they also enable the students’ personal empowerment and development,” said Scott Follett, PPG general manager, Southeast Asia. “PPG is proud to be part of this initiative. We are committed to ensuring that students around the world gain the skills and knowledge needed to become tomorrow’s innovators and help improve society. This is a great program, and we wish SOLS 24/7 and the students every success.”

With the technical and practical education they get related to solar energy, 90 percent of Solar Academy students are expected to enter into full-time employment and apprenticeships within six months of program completion, in renewable energy or a related industry.


About SOLS 24/7
Founded in 2000, SOLS 24/7 is an award-winning tax-exempt, nonprofit humanitarian organization, committed to serve, educate and empower poor and underserved communities. Using custom-designed models – Science of Languages, Science of Technology and Science of Life – our organization provides free education and social empowerment programs to help transform underserved communities in Malaysia and break the cycle of poverty. SOLS 24/7 Malaysia envisions that people from all communities – regardless of race, religion or gender – will have access to these services, resulting in developed societies with equal opportunities for all. For more, visit www.sols247.org.

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